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Retaining Wall vs Seating Wall - Which One Should You Choose?

While retaining walls and seating walls may seem similar at first glance, they are actually very different and serve two different purposes. Retaining walls can help reduce soil erosion, they can add usable flat space to properties that are built on a slope, and you can even add a raised planter bed to them to increase their aesthetic appeal.

Seating walls on the other hand are designed to provide extra seating space to guests. They can be built around fire pits or outdoor kitchens to provide convenient seating. In addition to their functionality, they also will enhance the aesthetics of your property. If you can't decide which option is right for you, here are some more details about them to help you choose what suits your outdoor space best!


Retaining Walls Address Erosion Issues & More

Retaining wall installed for a landscape bed in Holmes Beach, FL.

If your property faces severe issues with soil erosion, a retaining wall is the option that you'll need. Retaining walls are structures that are designed to hold the soil in place and prevent it from eroding. Installing a retaining wall will also increase the usable space on your property by flattening out areas that were once sloped. What's more, you can even add...

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Picking the Perfect Palm Tree for Your Landscape Can Be a Challenge. Check Out These 4 Options!

Palm trees are a staple in every landscape in Florida. However, picking the perfect palm tree can be a challenge with all the attractive options out there. We've found four outstanding palm trees that will all make good additions to your landscape: sabal palm, foxtail palm, queen palm, and the adonidia palm (also known as the Christmas palm).Continue reading to learn more about these palms so you can determine which ones you would like to add to your landscape.


1. Sabal Palm

Sabal palm trees planted in Anna Maria, FL.

The sabal palm, Florida's state tree, is native to the state. It's also called cabbage palm because the tree's immature leaves are edible and taste like cabbage. The sabal palm is a towering beauty that can grow up to 80 feet high. It has known for its curved and fan-shaped leaves. In the spring months, it can grow thousands of tiny, white flowers that are known to attract bees.

Sabal palm thrives in full sun and tolerates some shade. Whether the soil on your property is clay, loamy, or sandy, this palm tree will grow as long as there is good soil drainage.


2. Foxtail Palm

Foxtail palm trees installed for property in Holmes Beach, FL.

An Australian native, the foxtail palm is applauded for its outstanding adaptability to...

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4 Decorative Outdoor Lighting Techniques for Your Property

Your well-planned landscape design can bask in the glory of the sun all day, but it can drown in darkness once the sun has set. Installing outdoor lights will illuminate the exterior of your property at night and showcase the stunning features you have. You can display different elements like statues, trees, and fountains at night through landscape lighting techniques like highlighting, silhouette lighting, moonlighting, and accent lighting. Besides beautifying your property at night, outdoor lighting also increases safety on your property. Keep reading to learn more about these outdoor lighting techniques and how you can apply them to your landscape.


1. Highlighting

Highlighting light technique used in landscape bed in Anna Maria, FL.

Outdoor lighting is a great way to showcase your landscape features even at night. One lighting technique that does that is highlighting. It involves placing a lighting fixture at the base of a landscape feature, like trees, statues, fountains, and your favorite plants. You can tweak the effect a little more by adjusting the angle and adding more lights to illuminate the feature better.

You can also use different colors with this technique to evoke different moods. Green lights will highlight the...

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Which One Serves As a Better Ground Cover - Mulch or Rock?

Installing ground cover in your landscape beds is not merely for aesthetic purposes, although it's undeniable how it adds interest and color to your property. You can get either mulch or rock as a ground cover, both of which are great options. Both of these options can protect your soil from erosion, prevent weeds from growing, and regulate soil temperature. Both mulch and rock come in different colors, so you don't have to worry much about the aesthetics of your ground cover. Keep reading to learn more about their benefits to help you decide what ground cover you should get for your landscape beds.


Benefits of Mulch Include Soil Erosion Protection, Weed Growth Prevention, & More

Mulch being spread throughout a lawn bed in Bradenton, FL.

Mulch is an excellent choice for ground cover as it provides the following benefits:

  • Soil erosion protection - Mulch is laid on the soil surface, therefore becoming a barrier to protect the exposed soil. It helps stabilize the soil, which is especially important during heavy rainfall when runoff can quickly erode the soil.
  • Weed growth prevention - It also blocks sunlight, one of the primary nutrients weeds need to grow. By depriving them of this, weeds will have a...
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4 Reasons You Should Install Artificial Turf

If you are a homeowner who wants to have a lawn that doesn't require too much maintenance, installing artificial turf is your best option. It offers various benefits, such as the ability to remain in good condition all year round without fertilizing, mowing, watering, and applying herbicides. Once your artificial turf has been installed, you and your family can enjoy your lawn without having to worry about issues such as insects and diseases that can damage natural grass.

Artificial turf is a low-maintenance and economical choice for homeowners that doesn't require you to sacrifice aesthetics. More importantly, artificial turf helps reduce allergies for you and your pets, as it is made from hypoallergenic materials. Find out more about why you should install artificial turf on your lawn in Florida.


1. No Watering

If you reside in an area where it rarely rains and there is limited water supply, then installing artificial turf is the best option for a presentable lawn. Since it's artificial, this kind of turf does not need to be watered to stay healthy and look good.

Our artificial turf installation services use NexGen Lawns' products, which...

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